Harbour Ferries vessels shuttle passenger across the Inner Harbour with the Legislature and the historic CPR Steamship Terminal building

Saanich backs Maritime Museum proposal ahead of PCC decision on CPR Steamship Terminal

Recommendation came from Saanich’s Arts, Culture and Heritage committee.

The Provincial Capital Commission is expected to select an occupant Wednesday (Nov. 30) for the CPR Steamship Terminal building, but Saanich councillors got involved in the decision-making process Monday night.

A recommendation brought forward by Coun. Vic Derman to support the Maritime Museum of B.C.’s proposal to move their museum from Bastion Square to the Inner Harbour was passed unanimously by Saanich council Monday night.

“It’s kinda coming forward at the 11th hour, with an announcement expected this week, but if council supports the recommendation because we feel it’s one that is meritorious, it will be on the record,” Derman said before Monday’s vote.

The recommendation came from Saanich’s Arts, Culture and Heritage committee, which Derman chairs.

“One of our goals is to promote cultural events and cultural institutions and heritage and history throughout Saanich, but also – to a degree – there’s a crossover throughout the region,” he said. “The committee was very keen to support the proposal. We thought it would only add to the tourist attractions downtown, and it would add to the preservation of heritage and culture in the region.”

Along with the Maritime Museum, there are three other applicants in the running for tenancy of the building, at 463 Belleville St., which housed the Royal London Wax Museum until September 2010.

The other proposals include one from Moxie’s Classic Grill for a restaurant, one from the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for a restaurant and retail space, and one from Bob Wright for a high-tech historical attraction.

The Provincial Capital Commission’s board of directors will select one Wednesday morning. From there, staff will begin lease negotiations.

Saanich councillors Dean Murdock and Wayne Hunter sit on the PCC’s board of the directors and stepped away from the council discussion Monday night to avoid any conflict of interest.

“We’ve been presented with the content of each proposal and the summaries from the screening panel, and we’ll receive a recommendation from the advisory panel on Wednesday and vote on it,” Murdock said. “I’ve been getting a lot of emails about wanting to see (the PCC approve) whichever proposal. I appreciate the interest that folks have, but the evaluation is being done by the advisory panel, not the board of directors.”

Derman acknowledges that, unlike Murdock and Hunter, the rest of Saanich council hasn’t seen the other proposals in full.

“I’m not privy to all the presentations that have been put before the PCC … but in my view the Maritime Museum seems the fullest proposal, the one that has the (longest) track record behind it.”


– with files from Roszan Holmen

Just Posted

Saanich won’t be big in Japan; council rejects potential sister-city relationship

Council also refuses to reimburse former mayor Richard Atwell

Extreme Weather Protocol activated in Greater Victoria

Rain and wind gusts up to 70 km/h predicted, shelters open more beds

Housing advocate questions municipality’s proposed renovation of former Emily Carr library

Marilou Gagnon says Saanich was never serious about helping the Regina Park homeless

Saanich ranks 23rd among best cities for work in British Columbia

Sidney ranks 22nd, while Victoria ranks 36th in B.C. Business Survey

Big sister credited with saving girl hit by car from more severe injuries

Saanich police continue to seek driver who left the scene Monday

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

Prosecution in Colin John murder trial wrapping up in Duncan

John on trial for stabbing death in Chemainus in 2016

RCMP ‘desperate’ for clues in case of missing Parksville mom

Carmel Gilmour was last seen more than a year ago

Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws and coffin sleigh part of B.C. couple’s holiday display

Chilliwack couple decorates their house for the holidays using Nightmare Before Christmas theme

First Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred site

Prosper Petroleum’s $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans have been vigorously opposed by Fort McKay

North Okanagan site of first RCMP naloxone test project

Free kits, training to be provided to high-risk individuals who spend time in cell blocks

1 arrested after bizarre incident at U.S.-B.C. border involving bags of meth, car crash

Man arrested after ruckus in Sumas and Abbotsford on Thursday night

More B.C. Indigenous students graduating high school: report

70% of Indigenous students graduated, compared to 86% across all B.C. students

2 facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog found in B.C.

Amy Hui-Yu Lin and Glenn Mislang have been charged with causing an animal to continue to be in distress

Most Read